Myrtle Beach, SC - MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - We wanted to find out if local restaurants that advertise grouper on the menu are really selling grouper, or some other type of fish. By gathering samples of eight local restaurants we will find out who is serving the real deal, or giving you a plate of fake fish.
Since 2006, a number of stories popped up in Florida warning of fake grouper. Check out the stories below.
- USA TODAY: Florida restaurants fight off fake grouper
- St. Petersburg Times: How to prove it's grouper?
- St. Petersburg Times: Faux grouper fine doubles
- TheLedger.com: State Expands Fake Grouper Inquiry
- NaplesNews.com: Nine area restaurants cited for fake grouper; some have the real thing
- Reel Good Fishing: Fake Grouper Friend or Faux
- JSOnline.com: Company pays $300,000 to settle fake grouper problem
Lab reports showed not all of our tests were actually grouper. So what happened? What does the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control say about the importance of selling what you advertise? Besides not getting what you pay for, could the "not grouper" make you sick?
Thursday at 6 p.m., watch our report on some of Myrtle Beach's area restaurants.